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Guiding Teenagers Toward Life with God, Part I [New Blog Post on Rooted]

I wrote this article for Rooted as part one of a two part series. Here’s the lead-in: “When our students articulate confusion about relating to God, we have an opportunity to engage with them personally and to walk with them in discipleship.” Click here to read.

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What is Bible-Saturated Youth Ministry? (New Article on Rooted)

I wrote this article to youth ministers and parents for Rooted on how to foster a Bible-saturated youth ministry. It’s part of a series of posts they are doing on their vision statement: “To transform youth ministry so that every student receives a grace-filled, gospel-centered and Bible-saturated discipleship in the church and the home.” Click […]

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Return From Exile (New Article on Rooted)

I wrote this article for Rooted on the connections between the biblical theme of return from exile (drawing from a particular scene in the book of Ezra) and our own seeming “return from exile” post-COVID. I was writing with youth ministers and church leaders in mind, but I think it is beneficial and encouraging to […]

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Grief Is Like… The Ball and the Box

This is the second post in a short series on analogies of grief. You can read the first post here, which includes an introduction to the importance of these analogies. A couple of weeks ago I was talking to a friend about his experience of grief over the loss of his mom not long after […]

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RYM Podcast: Biblical Sexuality

Recently, I had the opportunity to join Reformed Youth Ministries (RYM)’s “The Local Youth Worker” podcast to talk about Biblical Sexuality with friends John and Jeremy. Click here if you’d like to listen!

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Grief Is Like… A Morgul Wound

Analogies of Grief Whenever we are going through difficult or perplexing experiences, analogies are helpful. As meaning-makers, pictures and stories are natural ways in which we seek to make sense of what we have experienced (or continue to experience). The pain and stress of these experiences are typically not relieved by this, but the process […]

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Easter Poems: A Short Compilation

While Easter is a day, it is also a season. Easter Sunday is the beginning of an extended time of reflection and meditation on the events of Christ’s Passion and its implications for our lives. Easter begins on Easter Sunday but extends forty more days until Ascension Day and then continues ten more days until […]

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Holy Week: Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday. He is risen! He is risen, indeed! Christ’s resurrection is the great victory and pivotal moment around which all reality orbits. And yet, this Easter is tinged with grief for me [originally written in 2020]. If I’m honest, I’m grieved to not be worshiping in person with my church family. I’m grieved by […]

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Holy Week: Holy Saturday

Holy Saturday. This is another quiet day during Holy Week. It’s quiet in the Scriptural account because it was the Jewish Sabbath day. Jesus is dead. His body rests in the tomb. Everyone is resting at home. Nothing is happening. And yet, the vanity of mankind is on display. Fearfully and disobediently, the chief priests […]

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Holy Week: Good Friday

Good Friday. My friend Pablo has said it well (listen to the song here): It’s ironic we call this good. Behold the man, The crown, the nails, the hands, The blood-stained wood. Calling a day like this “good” shouldn’t sit well with us.  Though we know the end of the story is “good” — Jesus […]

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